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QRCS Warm Winter drive targets 250,000 people for 2019-2020

QRCS Warm Winter drive targets 250,000 people for 2019-2020

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched the Warm Winter Campaign for the year 2019-2020. It targets QR18 million worth of winterisation aid for over 250,000 vulnerable beneficiaries.
In a press briefing, Muhsen Abdullah al Maliki, Director of Communication, Dr Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, Executive Director of Relief and International Development, and Yousef Mohamed al Awadi, Director of Financial Resources Development declared the drive open.
Al Maliki said: “For 14 consecutive years, QRCS has every year launched a winterisation camp to help the homeless and the displaced during the extremely cold winter. There are millions of children, women, patients, and old persons who suffer so much in the winter. QRCS is there for them, providing them with shelter, clothes, heating, and food. By virtue of the benevolent donors in Qatar, this year we plan to expand our winterisation aid projects, reaching out to over 250,000 beneficiaries- including expatriate workers in Qatar or the victims of disasters, war, storms, and famine in eight countries (Palestine, Jordan, Yemen, Iraq, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Somalia).”
“This is an appeal to those with merciful hearts and generous hands: Let’s unite our efforts on this noble humanitarian endeavour, which will save the vulnerable from the wintertime suffering, and ensure ourselves the best reward from God,” he added.
Dr. Ibrahim said the Warm Winter campaign is driven by QRCS’s humanitarian mission and the long-established Qatari culture of benevolence and giving.
“This year, we look forward to implementing winterisation relief operations at a total cost of QR 18 million, for the benefit of over 250,000 persons. In Qatar, winterization bags will be provided, with the basic needs of workers in the winter. These include gloves, hats, socks, scarves, and blankets, to be distributed to 2,500 workers at worksites. Out of Qatar, food parcels will be provided in Palestine, Yemen, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, and Jordan (Syrian and Palestinian refugees).”
He explained that each parcel contains local food staples in the respective host countries. For a five-member family, a parcel can last for a whole month. The total number of target beneficiaries exceeds 100,000.
Also, other forms of aid will include shelter, nonfood items (NFIs), heating, and winter clothes for adults and kids. Among the items to be distributed are jackets, shoes, gloves, hats, socks, wool scarves, blankets, mattresses, straw mats, carpets, umbrellas, gas heaters, and heating oil.
Around 150,000 persons will benefit from these distributions, which will be executed by our foreign missions in the host countries, in coordination with the fellow National Societies and concerned international humanitarian agencies.
Al Awadi, Director of Financial Resources Development, said: “We would like to thank the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA) for helping with all the administrative preparations for the launch. Thanks also go to the donors who contributed to the previous editions of the campaign. As usual, we expect to raise more funds to help our brothers and sisters, utilizing the power of charity.”
Meanwhile, an Arabic-English brochure has been published, including all the project details, host countries, number of beneficiaries, donation shares, and means of donation. A webpage dedicated to the campaign has been created on QRCS’s website.

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